A World Safe for Autocracy?

China’s Rise and the Future of Global Politics

WANG TENG / XINHUA / EYEVINE / REDUX

The Chinese people, President Xi Jinping proclaimed in 2016, “are fully confident in offering a China solution to humanity’s search for better social systems.” A year later, he declared that China was “blazing a new trail for other developing countries to achieve modernization.” Such claims come as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been extending its reach overseas and reverting to a more repressive dictatorship under Xi after experimenting with a somewhat more pluralistic, responsive mode of authoritarianism. Many Western politicians have watched this authoritarian turn at home and search for influence abroad and concluded that China is engaged in a …